7 Ways to Stop Snacking ...

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Are you a serial snacker?

Can you not resist when temptation bites?

Many of us reach for biscuits, chips and chocolate when stress, anxiety or even boredom strikes.

Snack attacks also happen more often if we’ve skipped a meal or not eaten enough or eaten the wrong food at mealtimes.

The trick to not overdoing the snacking – because no one wants to give it up altogether – is to eat healthy, balanced and regular meals and exercise.

Here are 7 ways to stop snacking.

1. Low Glycaemic Index

Low GI foods release their energy more slowly which reduces hunger pangs.

Swap your usual white carbohydrate foods such as bread, rice, pasta and flour to brown varieties.

2. Water

Surprisingly, more often than not it isn’t food your body is craving but liquid.

One of the easy ways to stop snacking is to drink plenty of water.

Nutritionists recommend 6-8 glasses a day.

The next time you’re tempted to reach for the bad stuff, try a drink instead.

If you think water won’t do it, have a fruit juice or a low calories fizzy drink.

3. 3 Meals a Day

You are less likely to get the munchies if you eat 3 well balanced meals evenly timed throughout the day.2

Leaving too long between meals can either cause you to eat more when you do finally eat or you’ll be snacking in between.

4. Fruit

Not only would substituting your salty or sugary processed foods for a piece of fruit be an ideal way to stop snacking but you’d be contributing to your 5-a-day.

Fruit is also full of anti-oxidants so not only will you be feeding your body but your brain, heart and skin too.

Remember, the brighter and darker the colour the better the fruit is.

5. Chocolate

Many of us would freely admit that our lives wouldn’t be complete if we had to give up chocolate.

There’s no need to give it up because there are some good nutrition qualities to it – it’s just not good if we eat too much of it (although some people would argue that!).

Instead of having a whole chocolate bar, buy slabs and just have a couple of squares the next time temptation takes over.

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